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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Signs Controversial New Law for Abortion Clinics

| by Michael Allen

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently signed a controversial law for abortion providers on Friday, which supporters say will protect the health of pregnant women, but critics claim will shut abortion clinics and restrict access.

The law, HB 5711, requires that health facilities, which perform more than 120 abortions a year, to become licensed freestanding surgical outpatient facilities, reports Reuters.

The law also requires physicians to "properly and respectfully dispose of fetal remains."

The law requires that doctors somehow prove that mentally competent women haven’t been “coerced” into their decision to have the procedure.

Governor Rick Snyder said: "This bill respects a woman's right to choose while helping protect her health and safety, including making sure a pregnant person is not being coerced into a decision."

Some critics fear the law will hurt women in rural and low-income areas as it could force some clinics to close and interrogate women on whether their abortion is voluntary.

Rana Elmir, the communications director for the Michigan ACLU, said: "Safety was never the intention of this law. The only thing this law accomplishes is to make a difficult decision even more difficult."

State Sen. Howard Walker, a Republican who supports the new law, told musingsofalady.com earlier this year: "This isn't about women! This is about protecting fetuses!"